Most of us know we need to fertilize our plants but honestly that was the extent on my knowledge. I’ve referred back to my notes again which I’m so glad I have even if I can’t read my own writing sometimes.
N-nitrogen helps with the leaf growth.
Here’s an example of too much nitrogen- my tomatoes were huge plants full of leaves but no fruits were growing.
P-Phosphorus helps the roots of the plants and flower & fruit development.
K-Potassium helps to regulate the nutrients the plant gets.
Calcium, Magnesium and other micro nutrients are required for healthy plant growth. For my own personal knowledge I’m going to do research more on micro nutrients because what feeds my plants also feeds me and my family too. A soil test will help you to determine what kind of fertilizer you will need in your soil for overall plants health & growth.
After going through my notes on Zone 7b which we live in I wanted to share what I learned because I didn’t know this information previously. There are a lot of new people moving into our area so I hope this will help some of you because growing here is definitely a challenge. We have 140 growing days in total unless of course you have a greenhouse. I’ll do more posts on staggered planting, square foot method and fertilizer another time.
Here we are almost the middle of June 2022 and we still don't have all the beds planted yet but I've been working on that today. The upper garden beds 1, 2 & 3 are almost done. Bed 1 has sugar snap peas, Bed 2 has bush green beans and Bed 3 has corn, potatoes and sunflowers so far. There is about 8" x 4' section in bed 3 and bed 2 has about 2' x 2' section for more plants I just haven't decided what's going there yet. It will probably squash since I have several varieties started. Beds 4 & 5 still need to be planted as well. I’m so excited to see how things grow this year and I’ll share updates as the season progresses.
We are so happy Spring is here! Winter has been rough with all the crazy weather so we are definitely ready for warmer temperatures.
There are some green things starting to sprout up and that’s exciting to see. Spring is my favorite time of year. Lots of things will be happening on our little farm throughout Spring, Summer and Fall so stop back to see what is happening.
Most people don’t even give dryer lint a second thought and that it’s only a byproduct of drying your clothes. Well I can tell you it does have some uses-
1. It can be composted and become a benefit to your garden. It is considered a brown material so it will need to be mixed with green material.
2. It can also be used as a fire starter. When I use it to start a fire I fill a empty toilet paper tube with the lint and light it. It works great in a pinch when we don’t have kindling to help start a fire. Keep in mind like using paper your wood stove chimney will need to be cleaned more often.
I hope this helps to change your outlook on dryer lint and that it isn’t just trash.
Blessings all! Thank you for stopping by!
This video is from early 2018 to early 2020 and shows how things have evolved since we started to seriously try to regenerate our property. We have just under 4 acres and each year we work on a new section to help improve our soil or try to improve where the native grasses are already growing. There's always work to do but its fun even if it is hard work. Getting chickens, ducks and turkeys back in 2013 was the start of it all. We both worked full time jobs but I decided to work part time and pursue the farming/homesteading passion that was building in me (from growing up around farms). I'm still working on hubby about different animals I would like on the farm but he still has some reservations which I can't blame him on some of his points. We need a truck to haul water, hay/straw and feed for the critters since I can't do that with my car. So for now I'll still dream about what our farm can be.......
Sorry the video is a little long
The peppers are doing so much better than past years of starting seeds. I started the pepper seeds really early compared to when they should actually be started because of previous years failed attempts but this year has been a success for whatever reason. I'm excited to say the least with the successes with all my seed starting but the peppers have always been my nemesis.
A few days ago I contacted my daughter (in law) and asked if she had any butter and told her I had some toilet paper I’d be willing to trade. Now that seems like a weird trade but I always keep an extra pack of 🧻 on hand because we don’t live close to town and I for one never want to run out.
She said yes and we exchanged items and I was happy to get the butter since we use it often and when I bake I only use real butter.
This was the first time we exchanged anything because we often give each other items we need but it made me wonder if people still trade or barter items.
Let me know what you think?
Cooking on the wood stove is one of my favorite methods of cooking. When the weather outside is yucky I don't mind standing by the wood stove staying warm. Please check out my video below.
Hello I'm Michele & I'm the matriarch of the Leverone Family Farm. I'm a wife, a mother of 2 grown/married sons and have 5 adorable grand kids.